STOCKING YOUR BAR AT YOUR WEDDING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It does not take much to decide on your bar at your wedding reception. It is like putting the last jigsaw piece to your grand buffet. With a little planning and creativity, you are sure to keep your guests happy without breaking the bank.
RAISING THE BAR AT YOUR WEDDING
There are certain factors to take into consideration when stocking your bar, the theme, the time of day, the season, for
mal or casual, age group and drink preferences. People tend to drink more at night, so think about having a day time wedding. Your budget is the greatest factor in your decision-making process.
Your wedding planner will be more
than happy to guide you through the best process if are raising the bar for 100 guests or more. If you plan to have less than 100 guests you may consider purchasing alcohol yourself, any alcohol you do not use, you get to keep (it is important to take into account any corkage fees). Whatever you decide, rest assured that you will receive specialised advices to save you time and money.
SO WHAT KIND OF ALCOHOL DO YOU OFFER
There are three basic bars:
- beer (two types) and wine (red and white),
- full bar includes vodka, gin, whisky, tequila, rum and basic mixers,
- something in between, this could be your signature cocktail. A cocktail bar could also be included here.
You could offer a cocktail hour before the buffet and switch to beer and wine during the reception.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DRINK FOR YOUR TOAST
Remember you do not have to take the traditional route of using champagne for your toast. This is your wedding day, so what you do should reflect you. A lot of people seem to dislike champagne, so why not choose a sparkling white wine with all the bubbles with half the cost to refill.
How you serve your champagne depends on the setting of your reception. If a sit down menu, it is traditional to serve just after the announcement of the newly weds. If you have a stand-up reception the other best option is to allow people to toast with anything.
THE GOLDEN RULE
Know your guests in order to determine the ratio on the types of alcohol you purchase. There are many ways of cutting the alcohol without totally eliminating the booze. Do what works best for you.
To complete your day liqueurs, coffee and tea will compliment your scrumptious sweets.